While Tony accompanies Max on an interview for a story on shipping magnate Manning Hargrove, an accident occurs which almost kills Max, the accident which was no accident as an obvious attempt on his life. As death threats are par for the course for him, Max refuses to get the police involved if only for the disruption it would cause to his busy public schedule over the next few days. Dennis believes that this attempt may have to do with one of Max's current controversial stories. Based on the car the perpetrator used to get away, Tony believes that this attempt on Max's life indeed has to do with one of his stories, on illegal gambling, the head of the ring the only piece of the puzzle Max does not know, that person who probably ordered the hit. Tony enlists the help of Diane Thomson, a socialite, alcoholic and compulsive gambler, who probably knows more about what's going on based on the company she keeps than she realizes. As Tony investigates, Max's life may still be in danger as ... Written by
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This episode marks the beginning of the appearances by an extra, an atmosphere player, who is prominently featured in many The Magician episodes. She is a middle-aged blonde lady who is here featured in the casino where she sits next to Tony Blake (Bill Bixby) and starts staring at and flirting with the magician, giggling at him without saying a word, until his female companion returns and the she then makes a prompt exit. This same extra is later briefly seen screaming and running while holding her skirt up during the fire alarm panic scene in the casino. See more